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Session 4: Measures to Strengthen National Capacities to Integrate Biosafety into Development Plans and Processes

Online conference: 19 January to 6 February 2009

Introduction - Suggested readings

Some of the questions that might guide the discussions include the following:

  1. In what specific aspects of biosafety mainstreaming is capacity-building most urgently required?
  2. What roles should government officials in different departments (environment, agriculture, planning, finance, and others) play in raising the importance of biosafety issues in the national development planning process and poverty reduction efforts and how can external partners (including bilateral and multilateral institutions, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector) support them in their efforts.
  3. What key elements should be contained in possible generic guidance for assisting countries to integrate biosafety into their national development plans and programmes?
  4. What specific activities should be taken to strengthen the capacities of countries to integrate biosafety into their national development plans and programmes and who do what and when?
  5. What is the way forward?
  6. What are other general recommendations should be considered?

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